I must admit, I have always loved stories of capers and heists. Some of my all-time favorite movies are the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn caper Charade, To Catch a Thief, the original Thomas Crown Affair, and How To Steal A Million. And capers and heists are just as fun on the page as they are on film. They have everything: humor, elaborate plans, gadgets, unexpected plot twists, suspense, thrills, exotic settings, I could go on and on. There is a nearly endless supply of caper and heist books for all ages, but below you’ll find some examples that I hope will appeal to both readers who already love the genre and those who are trying it for the first time.
Money Run by Jack Heath
If you enjoy pulse-pounding stories, you can hardly do better than this book. Originally published in 2008, it was released in the US this spring and is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows Ashley “Ash” Arthur as she tries to steal millions from a rich target. It reads like a summer action movie, making it a perfect vacation read! Even better, it also clearly leaves the door open for more adventures with the same characters (another book has already been released outside of the US), so hopefully there are many more heists in store for Ash and her partner Benjamin.